Moses Sumney @ El Rey Theatre

The Inland Empire’s rising soul star sheds light

October 23rd, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review

It’s felt like a long-time coming for Moses Sumney, whose work has rippled through the indie music scene for at least the past three or four years. Most of his work rides on his incredible and spine-tingling falsetto, but his music and lyrics contain a blue hue and solitary veneer that drive his vocals to a bittersweet beauty.

His full-length debut Aromanticism finally saw daylight earlier this month, and I was able to catch him performing in its support at his hometown and final U.S. show for the year at the classy El Rey Theatre.

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Nick Murphy & Washed Out @ The Shrine

A night of smooth music turns full-on rock concert

David Fisch
Category: Review

Nick Murphy went by the name “Chet Faker” until last year when he decided to pursue his solo effort under his own name. This was merely cosmetic, as the music Nick has produced in the past year under his new (actual) name has transitioned over pretty smoothly from the intimate electronics of earlier work to the expansive, more guitar-oriented sounds that still retain the intimacy and penchant for chill.

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Protomartyr @ Moroccan Lounge

Detroit post-punk arrives in LA with precision

October 17th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Review, Staff Pick

My initial appreciation of Detroit post-punk rockers Protomartyr came upon an album download of Under Color of Official Right and seeing them at the small but hearty Bootleg Theater in Silverlake in 2014, where the musicianship on display was a thing of beauty and leader Joe Casey was drinking beer and wallowing in his precise rants about everyday life. Much was the same at the Moroccan Lounge Monday night, perhaps with an extra case of beer and a few more people, but with two new albums released since then and an even tighter edge and studio-like clarity, the band has sounded better, performed as ferociously, or felt as meaningful as this very moment in time in their existence.

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Flying Lotus 3D & Thundercat @ Hollywood Forever

The Brainfeeder labelmates raise eyes and the dead

October 16th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, Review

This past weekend saw a lot of big music events happening in the Southern California area. It’s that mid-October surprise when the masses of music greats come together and perform before the looming winter arrives and there is considerably much less of it around (though SoCal can hardly be called an area with seasons).

Of these events, one of the most anticipated was having Brainfeeder’s founder and LA’s electronic golden boy Flying Lotus officially premiere his 3D tour (it technically debuted for the first time at this year’s FYF Fest) as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles. Along with the bass maestro and labelmate Thundercat and some comedy bits from the great Hannibal Buress, the night of artists who made 2014’s You’re Dead! and purveyors of that imagery performing on the Fairbanks Lawn of Hollywood Forever Cemetery sounded like the best and most conceptual mashup music and visuals since I don’t know when – and it pretty much was.

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Blue Hawaii @ Moroccan Lounge

Canadian duo hits the Arts District’s newest venue

David Fisch
Category: Review

The owners of the recent movie-house-turned-concert-space Teragram Ballroom in downtown turned another small space into a venue called the Moroccan Lounge, and with its neatly placed staging area next to its low-lit and vibey dining/bar area, it felt like the right spot to showcase the electronic Canadian duo Blue Hawaii. After a four-year gap between albums, they released Tenderness earlier this month, and they are out touring in support of it.

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Preview: Sheryl Crow @ Fonda Theatre

The venerable singer/songwriter returns to LA

David Fisch
Category: Lead Story, News

There isn’t much more I can add to the impression that singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow is leaving on the world of music that my buddy Lex Voight hasn’t already stated when she was last in LA back in June. Indeed, the quantity and quality of her music from the 90’s right up until this year’s release of Be Myself is truly remarkable, and to get to see her live on a stage big or small is comparable to seeing a living legend. If you missed her in LA last time, you now have the opportunity for redemption.
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Preview: Moose Masquerade Ball @ Hotel Cafe

The annual Halloween ball heads to the west coast!

October 11th, 2017
David Fisch
Category: News

The Moose Masquerade Ball has become something of a “best-kept secret” of Halloween music-happenings in New York City for the past three years, and it happens to be the creation of none other than our previous Featured Artist Valerie Broussard and her brother Drew of The Public Theatre Organization. Now that Valerie currently resides in Los Angeles, she has decided to bring the evening event of music, costumes, and spooks to the West Coast.
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Interview with Desert Daze Founder Phil Pirrone

Joshua Tree fest enters its 5th year on Thursday

Jillian Goldfluss

Putting on a music festival is like producing a movie. It’s an arduous, stressful process. You’ve got to book the best celebrities on the budget you’re allotted, play logistical tic-tac-toe from one day to the next, put out fires that only lead to bigger fires, and get it all sorted before the release date. Then you cross your fingers, hope tickets sell, and pray that the audience enjoys the spectacle. It’s stressful as hell, and Desert Daze founder Phil Pirrone can’t get enough of it.

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The Flaming Lips & Mac DeMarco @ The Shrine

Both play up psychedelia in their own ways

October 9th, 2017
David Fisch

All photos by David Fisch

It might seem odd at first to pair a guy who often sings acid-tripped songs in their purest and simplest ways with another guy (and band) who often sings about battling robots and warding demons in sings at their most gargantuan, but their quest for love and continually morphing forms of psychedelic rock easily tie them together. Mac DeMarco and The Flaming Lips on the same bill, in hindsight, makes so much sense, and though they didn’t necessarily share the stage together, the wavy flows of their energy were combed together across three hours at The Shrine Saturday night.
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